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Sat. Traitor, if Rome have law, or we have

power, Thou and thy faction shall repent this rape.

Bas. Rape, call you it, my lord, to seize my own, My true betrothed love, and now my wife ? 411 But let the laws of Rome determine all; Mean while I am possest of that is mine.

Sat. 'Tis good, sir : You are very short with us; But, if we live, we'll be as sharp with you.

Bas. My lord, what I have done, as best I may, Answer I must, and shall do with my life. Only thus much I give your grace to know,By all the duties which I owe to Rome, This noble gentleman, lord Titus here,

420 Is in opinion, and in honour, wrong'd; That, in the rescue of Lavinia, With his own hand did slay his youngest son, In zeal to you, and highly mov'd to wrath To be control'd in that he frankly gave : Receive him then to favour, Saturnine; That hath express'd himself, in all his deeds, A father, and a friend, to thee, and Rome.

Tit. Prince Bassianus, leave to plead my deeds ; 'Tis thou, and those, that have dishonour'd me : 430 Rome and the righteous heavens be my judge, How I have lov'd and honour'd Saturnine !

Tam. My worthy lord, if ever Tamora Were gracious in those princely eyes of thine, Then hear me speak, indifferently for all ; And at my suit, sweet, pardon what is past.


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Sat. What, madam! be dishonour'd openly,
And basely put it up without revenge?
Tam. Not so, my lord ; The gods of Rome fore.

I should be author to dishonour you !

But, on mine honour, dare I undertake
For good lord Titus' innocence in all,
Whose fury, not dissembled, speaks his griefs :
Then, at my suit, look graciously on him ;
Lose not so noble a friend on vain suppose,
Nor with sour looks afflict his gentle heart.-
My lord, be rul'd by me, be won at last, Y
Dissemble all your griefs and discontents:
You are but newly planted in your throne;
Lest then the people, and patricians too,
Upon a just survey, take Titus' part;
And so supplant us for ingratitude
(Which Rome reputes to be a heinous sin),
Yield at entreats, and then let me alone :

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I'll find a day to massacre them all,
And raze their faction, and their family,
The cruel father, and his traiterous sons,
To whom I sued for my dear son's life ;
And make them know, what 'tis to let a

Kneel in the streets, and beg for grace in

vain. -
Come, come, sweet emperor,--come, Andronicus,
Take up this good old man, and cheer the heart
That dies in tempest of thy angry frown. 463



Sat. Rise, Titus, rise; my emperess hath prevaild.

Tit. I thank your majesty, and her, my lord. These words, these looks, infuse new life in me.

Tam. Titus, I am incorporate in Rome, A Roman now adopted happily, And must advise the emperor for his good. This day all quarrels die, Andronicus;- 470 And let it be mine honour, good my lord, That I have reconcil'd your friends and you.For you, prince Bassianus, I have past My word and promise to the emperor, That


will be more mild and tractable.And fear not, lords, and you, Lavinia;By my advice, all humbled on your knees, You shall ask pardon of his majesty. Luc. We do ;. and vow to heaven, and to his high

That what we did, was mildly, as we might,
Tend'ring our sister's honour, and our own,

Mar. That on mine honour here I do protest.
Sat. Away, and talk not; trouble us no more.-
Tam. Nay, nay, sweet emperor, we must all be

friends :
The tribune and his nephews kneel for grace ;
I will not be denied. Sweet heart, look back.

Sat. Marcus, for thy sake, and thy brother's here, And at my lovely Tamora's entreats, I do remit these young men's heinous faults.

490 Lavinia, though you left me like a churly


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I found a friend ; and sure as death I swore,
I would not part a bachelor from the priest.
Come, if the emperor's court can feast two brides,
You are my guest, Lavinia, and your friends :-
This day shall be a love-day, Tamora.

Tit. To-morrow, an it please your majesty,
To hunt the panther and the hart with me,
With horn and hound, we'll give your grace bon-jour,
Sat. Be it so, Titus, and gramercy too.



Before the Palace. Enter AARON alone,

Now climbeth Tamora Olympus' top,
Safe out of fortune's shot; and sits aloft,
Secure of thunder's crack, or lightning flash;
Advanc'd above pale envy's threat'ning reach,
As when the golden sun salutes the morn,
And, having gilt the ocean with his beams,
Gallops the zodiack in his glistering coach,
And overlooks the highest-peering hills;
So Tamora.-
Upon her wit doth earthly honour wait,
And virtue stoops and trembles at her frown.
Then, Aaron, arm thy heart, and fit thy thoughts,
To mount aloft witi thy imperial mistress,


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And mount her pitch; whom thou in triumph long
Hast prisoner held, fetter'd in amorous chains;
And faster bound to Aaron's charming eyes,
Than is Prometheus ty’d to Caucasus.
Away with slavish weeds, and idle thoughts !
I will be bright, and shine in pearl and gold,
To wait upon this new-made emperess.
To wait, said I ? to wanton with this queen,
This goddess, this Semiramis ;--this queen,
This syren, that will charm Rome's Saturnine,
And see his shipwreck, and his common-weal's.
Holla! what storm is this?


Enter CHIRON, and DEMETRIUS, braving. Dem. Chiron, thy years want wit, thy wit wants

edge, And manners, to intrude where I am grac'd; And may, for aught thou know'st, affected be.

Chi. Demetrius, thou dost over.ween in all; And so in this, to bear me down with braves. 30 'Tis not the difference of a year, or two, Makes me less gracious, or thee more fortunate : I am as able, and as fit, as thou, To serve, and to deserve my mistress' grace; And that my sword upon thee shall approve, And plead my passions for Lavinia's love.

Aar. Clubs, clubs !—These lovers will not keep

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Dem. Why, boy, although our mother, unadvis'd, Gave you a dancing rapier by your side,

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